2013 my life consisted of binge drinking, smoking cigarettes, going
out to bars, eating out at restaurants/fast food, concerts, and not
much more… Until… I decided to start making changes! It finally
hit me that we need to be the change we want to see in this world!!
Stopped using all chemical cleaning products. Began using Dr.
Bronners, vinegar, baking soda, and borax.
Began making my own personal care products: deodorant. Starting
paying attention to ingredients of products and avoiding “fragrance”
and weird sounding dyes/ingredients.
Stopped using single-use items like paper towels, started to limit
plastic bags, tin foil etc.
Got rid of the microwave. Used toaster oven/oven instead!
Began to be cut my electricity usage by unplugging/turning things off
when I wasn’t using them.
Quit smoking cigarettes COLD TURKEY!
Started to watch lots of documentaries about health, veganism, our
planet, and living a more natural life.
Became VEGAN! Stopped eating all animal products! Was still eating
processed foods as we transitioned from the standard american diet to
health foods. I began juicing and making smoothies.
Bought a used bicycle! Starting biking to work, and everywhere else.
Stopped relying so much on public transportation.
Found the Dill Pickle Food Co-op! Starting doing the majority of my
shopping there, eating more local organic foods. Started to volunteer
in the hands-on owner program!
Started making my own toothpaste, started using organic/natural body
care products only
Took medication for the last time (anti-biotics) Since then I’ve
taken no prescription or over the counter medication!
Started a Vermicomposting bin and began composting some of my food
Stopped drinking alcohol.
Quit my call center job that I hated! Decided I deserved more!
Did a 200-hour yoga teacher training!
Decided we wanted to build a tiny house on wheels, started downsizing
possessions, saving money and designing our dream home!
Began to grow my own food by starting seedlings indoors and
transporting them out into 21 five gallon buckets that I had space
for on my small Chicago patio. We grew tomatoes, lettuce, kale, green
peppers, peas, carrots, beets, violas, peppermint, swiss chard. We
learned what grows well in a bucket and got to taste our first
home-grown produce. Decided we want to be able to grow all own food!
Got my dream job at Dill Pickle Food Co-op as a Health & Wellness
Assistant and Front Ender!
Ate fully raw vegan for 30 days. Kept my diet highly raw going
forward. Typically raw till 4.
Downgraded our lg trash can to a 5-gallon bucket, became more aware
of our trash and started to put less and less in the trash. Stopped
using trash bags/getting plastic bags at the store. Carried a
reusable bag 100% of the time. Stopped buying/using tin foil/ziplock
Got a Vitamix blender. Started eating even more fresh foods! Began
starting everyday with a green smoothie!
Began sprouting indoors and growing microgreens.
Started to get rid of plastic in my kitchen. Started using glass-ware
By using the composting system at the co-op was able to start
composting 100% of our food scraps that our worms couldn’t keep up
Became more conscious of my plastic waste, stopped buying most
processed foods that come wrapped in plastic. Started to only buy
biodegrable sponges/cloths for showers & doing dishes.
STARTED BUILDING OUR TINYHOUSE! Continued to downsize possessions!
Started to do no-poo! Stopped using shampoo, conditioner, and body
wash and started washing with water only.